University of Cape Town

For Establishing A Unit To Promote Impact Evaluations Of Poverty Reduction Programs

The University of Cape Town is one of the premier African research and training institutions and is already a key Hewlett Foundation partner for the Population Program. Taking advantage of UCT's in-house expertise and collaborative relationships with researchers throughout sub-Saharan Africa, this new grant would establish a unit at UCT to build African ability to conduct impact evaluations of social programs and to use the results to influence policy decisions. The model for the new unit is the Hewlett Foundation grantee MIT's Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), the premier entity devoted to reducing poverty by generating evidence on what works through randomized evaluations of poverty reduction programs. At UCT, the new unit would be known as J-PAL Africa, the Africa regional affiliate of the J-PAL network. The goal of J-PAL Africa is to make social programs in sub-Saharan Africa more effective by ensuring that policymakers and the public have access to rigorous evidence about which social interventions are most successful and cost-effective. Making decisions in this way helps ensure that development resources are expended with greater accountability for both impact and value for money.
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University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, Western Cape, 7700, South Africa
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for mentoring writers to increase diversity and visibility in open education  
The University of Cape Town aims to increase diversity and increase participation of a wider group of scholars in the peer-reviewed Journal of Interactive Media in Education special edition on open education and social justice. This grant will enable the identification, recruitment, and provision of support for diverse authors to contribute to the journal. It is particularly appropriate to practice social justice by publishing an array of scholarly voices, both experienced and emerging scholars, and ensuring representation of the Global North and South.
for promoting the use of impact evaluations of poverty reduction programs across Africa  
This grant to the University of Cape Town (UCT) would support the Africa Region branch of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). This network of researchers uses randomized evaluations of poverty reduction programs to show which interventions work and are cost-effective. The J-PAL Africa unit will (1) identify and seed opportunities for impact evaluations across the continent; (2) help design and raise funds for these evaluations; (3) train local researchers to run the studies; (4) deepen relationships with African policymakers; and (5) promote the use of evidence in policy decisions.

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